Before Newsies opened on Broadway, the musical — which features a Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman and a Tony-nominated book by Harvey Fierstein — made its world premiere at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse, where it was met with a massive fan base who crossed their fingers for a Broadway transfer.
The production starred Jeremy Jordan, who would go on to earn a 2012 Tony nomination for his performance as rebellious paperboy Jack Kelly, opposite Kara Lindsay, who made her Broadway debut with Newsies, as headstrong female journalist Katherine Plumber. Read the Playbill.com Leading Men column with Jordan and the Playbill.com Diva Talk with Lindsay.
The original cast of the Broadway production — which began previews March 12, 2012 — featured Jordan ( Bonnie & Clyde) as Jack Kelly, John Dossett (2003 revival of Gypsy) as Joseph Pulitzer, Lindsay ( Little House on the Prairie) as Katherine Plumber, Capathia Jenkins ( The Civil War; The Look of Love; Caroline, or Change; and Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me) as Medda, Ben Fankhauser ( Spring Awakening national tour) as Davey, Andrew Keenan-Bolger ( Mary Poppins) as Crutchie and Lewis Grosso ( Mary Poppins) and Matthew Schechter ( Elf) alternating the role of Les. (Jordan, Dossett, Lindsay, Fankhauser and Keenan-Bolger all reprised the roles they created in the Paper Mill Playhouse production.)
The original ensemble of Newsies comprised Aaron J. Albano, Mark Aldrich, Tommy Bracco, John E. Brady, Ryan Breslin, Kevin Carolan, Caitlyn Caughell, Kyle Coffman, Mike Faist, Michael Fatica, Julie Foldesi, Garett Hawe, Thayne Jasperson, Evan Kasprzak, Jess Le Protto, Stuart Marland, Andy Richardson, Jack Scott, Ryan Steele, Brendon Stimson, Nick Sullivan, Ephraim Sykes, Laurie Veldheer, Alex Wong and Stuart Zagnit.
The production took home 2012 Tony Awards for Best Choreography ( Christopher Gattelli) and Best Original Score (Menken and Feldman) and was nominated for Best Actor (Jordan), Best Book (Fierstein), Best Direction ( Jeff Calhoun), Best Orchestrations (Daniel Troob), Best Scenic Design ( Tobin Ost and Sven Ortel) and Best Musical.
The current cast includes Corey Cott as Jack Kelly, Dossett as Joseph Pulizter, Lindsay as Katherine Plumber, LaVon Fisher-Wilson as Medda Larkin, Fankhauser as Davey, Andy Richardson as Crutchie and Joshua Colley and Nicholas Lampiasi alternating the role of Les.
Click below to watch Playbill Video from Newsies.
Newsies creatives talk about adapting the film for the stage:
Playbill Video snags a preview of the show at Paper Mill press day:
Highlights of the show at Paper Mill Playhouse:
Cast member Ryan Breslin takes Playbill Video backstage at Paper Mill:
Backstage at Paper Mill — Part Two:
The Newsies rehearse for Broadway:
The cast talks about transferring to Broadway:
Highlights from the Broadway production:
Playbill Video catches up with the cast on opening night:
The Newsies share how they warm up before performances:
Jordan talks to Playbill Video about his Tony nomination:
Newsies creatives talk about their Tony nominations with Playbill Video:
Gattelli chats with Playbill Video following his Tony nomination:
The cast records "The World Will Know":
Menken and Feldman following their 2012 Tony win:
Cott and Lindsay perform at Broadway in Bryant Park:
Cott performs "Santa Fe" at Broadway in Bryant Park:
Actor and author Tim Federle talks to the Newsies boys:
New highlights of the production with Cott: